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9th Annual Lilac City Comicon set for May 30th

The 9th Annual Lilac City Comicon is just around the corner.

Formerly known as Spokane Comicon, this year's event will take place at the Spokane Convention Center on Saturday May 30th. Over 120 exhibitors are set to attend, including professional local artists and businesses from around the Inland Northwest. Actor and Spokane native Steve Cardenas, who is better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, will be at the event, along with cast members from the SyFy television show Z Nation.

According to Lilac City Comicon founder and coordinator Nathan O'Brien, the goal of the event is to help promote awareness of local artists and businesses from around the Inland Northwest. Donations will also be collected for the Community College of Spokane Food Bank and the Catholic Charities of Spokane.

“It's not only our goal to make this show as fun as possible but to make it as affordable as possible for our community,” he said. “We would never want anyone to be denied an opportunity to attend our show because they can't afford it. That goes for all businesses, artists and attendees.”

All ages are welcome to attend the event.

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Spokane River plane crash: Two men are dead after a plan crashed in the Spokane River last night. Authorities say it was a test flight that made an emergency call to Felts Field just before hitting the water. Witnesses say the plane appeared to lose power before crashing into the river near the 7000 block of Upriver Drive. Sources close to KXLY say it was a Piper Malibu that crashed. The medical examiner's office says Lyndon Amestoy and Richard Runyon were killed in the crash.

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Sgt. Moore funeral: A funeral for Sergeant Greg Moore is being held tomorrow at 10:00 am. It will be held at Lake City High School at 6101 N. Ramsey Rd. in Coeur d'Alene. The funeral is open to the public, and because so many people are expected to attend, North Idaho College announced it will stream the service. The streaming will be held in the Student Union Building for anyone who wishes to pay their respects. Doors open at 9:30 am.

Help KXLY4 raise money for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

KXLY4 is teaming up with the Children's Miracle Network to bring you "Give 4 Kids!"

What is Children's Miracle Network? The nonprofit organization started in 1983 to raise funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals across the country. That includes Sacred Heart Children's Hospital right here in Spokane!

All of the funds raised through the campaign will stay local. Every penny remains in Spokane to help the children who come from all over the Northwest for treatment.

To read how your money will help and to donate click here.

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Bloomsday winners: Thousands gathered in Downtown Spokane yesterday for the 39th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run. The women's elite crown went to Cynthia Limo of Kenya. It was her first win. And on the men's side, the victory went to Lani Rutto, who finished in 34 minutes and 22 seconds. It was his first win in Spokane as well, making it a Kenyan Sweep of the men's and women's elite titles.

Bloomsday business: The thousands of racers heading to Spokane means millions of dollars for the city's economy. The average runner will bring in about $242. That money goes to things like hotels, travel and vendors. With the cleanup underway in Downtown, vendors are hoping this is a sign of what's to come as the summer event season begins to ramp up. The next big event, Hoopfest, is just 54 days away.

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Plan ahead before Bloomsday

To make your Bloomsday morning a little easier, plan ahead.

On Sunday morning, parking will be available at the arena and dozens of lots downtown.

Organizers urge you to carpool to reduce congestion, Spokane transit will offer its popular Bloomsday shuttle which operates from four satellite locations.

Pack light, and come dressed ready to run. There is nowhere to stash your stuff.

Organizers said the best step you can take to prepare yourself is to make sure you get physically and mentally ready the night before the run.

"Get hydrated today," said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. "Have plenty of water today so you're full. That's the biggest thing especially because tomorrow is going to be a warm day and there is water all along the course but it's best if you come to the starting line topped off, so that's the biggest thing."

Race organizers said it's best to try to pace yourself because the course is hilly, and you want enough steam to make it up "Doomsday Hill."

The race starts in waves. The first at 8:40 a.m. Entrants will start at intervals after that. That will be determined tomorrow morning.

Major student housing project in the U-District moves forward

Major student housing project in the U-District moves forward

A large-scale student housing project at 940 N. Ruby Street in Spokane's University District is set to break ground next Tuesday. This project will provide housing for more than 213 students attending Gonzaga University and other universities in the area who seek the convenience of next-to-campus living. Construction is set to be completed in July 2016 and the building will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2016, just in time for fall term.

 

The project owners, Larry Simon and David Schneider have formed 940 Ruby, LLC to develop the project. The architect is Jay S. Crawford, AIA, a California-based firm, and the contractor is Baker Construction of Spokane. Umpqua Bank is the project's lender. The property is managed by Black Realty Management Inc.

 

Located along the west edge of the Gonzaga University campus, the six-story building will provide 61 apartment suites comprised of 3 and 4 bedroom layouts for a total of 213 rooms available to rent. It will total 79,455 square feet of livable space. The apartments are geared toward undergraduate and graduate students who seek the amenities and benefits a property of this caliber will offer.